I Was Afraid to Do This!
It was with sweaty palms that I become NSA-IL president last July. I didn’t know what a gift this was going to be. Mostly because of the eight great people on the board and in chapter leadership.
Creating a Feeling of Community
That was our goal for the year. I hope you’ve seen some of the results. You should know who was responsible:
Allie Pleiter created a marketing machine: leading a committee that regularly shared important information with members (from our Facebook group to newsletters) and reached out to many new speakers through social media.
Amy Lemire led Speakers Academy (along with Conor Cunneen), attracting great speakers to give fun and informative programs. The spring Academy was the biggest class in years!
Bill Guertin gladly became responsible for making members and guests feel welcomed and is ready to introduce our first new member orientation kit.
Carl Seidman not only took over our books, but he put policies and procedures in place to help future board members better keep track of the numbers. And he made sure the chapter was profitable this year.
Haydn Shaw pulled together a group of speakers for chapter programs and webinars designed to help all of us expand our businesses. That sparked great attendance at events this year.
Jill Morgenthaler not only led Speakers Academy, which was her passion, but was there to remind me that I wasn’t going to “break the chapter.”
Vickie Austin jumped back in after Jill passed, finishing the past president’s term with enthusiasm and insight.
Christy Moore as executive director was our rock. She always knew where to find things and what to do next. She did it with a smile and without making us feel like idiots for not knowing this stuff.
Every day I’ve been grateful to be part of this group of amazing speaking professionals and wonderful people. We all had each other’s backs—and a lot of fun doing it.
While my term is ending, this is only the beginning of more amazing experiences. That begins with the June 14 event: a combination of welcoming your new board and another great business-building program. Raimon Ray will present Hosting Big Events with Big Sponsors, helping us discover how to increase sponsorships, ticket and product sales. Register here.
Planning also is underway for our first-ever “Day of Influence” in November. You’ll soon get more information on how to help us pull together a powerful program of NSA-IL speakers.
My final thanks go you for your good wishes and support this year. The new chapter leadership team, spearheaded by Bill Guertin, will appreciate this as much as I have.
After a boy threatened to kill her with a machete, Lynne Franklin decided to learn everything she could about persuasion. As a “neuroscience nerd,” she studies how the brain works. Lynne coaches leaders and teams to present their ideas powerfully and persuasively, so they have more confidence, create more connections, and generate more cash flow.